Among the economically-developed nations of the world, the U.S. has the least governmental involvement in national health care. This is no accident. The issue has often been debated, but American politicians and the voters consistently reject change.

Some say 2008 will be different – that the problems of the nation’s market-driven system have reached the breaking point and that voters are ready to change course.

Indicative of the concern about this issue expressed by LIUNA members and signatory employers, LIUNA General President Terence M. O’Sullivan has insisted on a fundamental redesign of the U.S. health care system. “There should be no uninsured Americans,” he said November 29, 2007, when honored by America’s Agenda for Health Care, which is pursuing universal coverage through a state-by-state strategy that asks the federal government to share the risks and help with the set-up costs. “The next President and Congress must attack this problem.”

Indeed, the polls indicate that health care is at or near the top of most Americans’ list of concerns. The Democrat and Republican candidates are all addressing the issue in varied ways.

Is this the year for health care reform in the U.S.?

While it’s probably too early to tell, it’s not too early to clarify some of the key issues involved. With the primary season upon us, LIFELINES brings you up to date. Check out:

How We Got Where We Are

States Lead Health Care Reform, But Next President Could Weigh In

[Steve Clark]